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This article is about the Grady Memorial Hospital cop. For other pages with the same name, see: Bob

"I don't know you, but I think I'm getting an idea... Take me back to the hospital. I did it for your friend... I was gonna iron it over. She's under it. And you've been out here too long. You'll die. You'll all—"
—Bob's last words to Rick Grimes, shortly before Rick shoots him.[src]

Bob Lamson is an antagonist and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is a police officer at Grady Memorial Hospital.


Atlanta, Georgia

Little is known about Bob's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he was an officer with the Atlanta Police Department and had worked closely with Dawn Lerner for several years. He also had at least one child, a son. It is unknown if his child is dead.


When the outbreak first started, Bob was one of several officers under Dawn Lerner assigned to evacuate Grady Memorial Hospital. He was originally going to drive the last load of patients to the evacuation zone.

Season 5


When Dawn receives reports of gunshots from one of her lookouts, she assigns Bob to investigate, along with Officer Amanda Shepherd. Following the shots, they eventually find Noah, whom they corner and begin taking into custody. Before they can, the two are confronted by survivor Rick Grimes and his group, who have them surrender their weapons and find their wrists. However, another officer, Licari, surprises the group and gives Bob and Shepherd an opportunity to escape. The attempt is short lived, as the car gets stuck in the charred evacuation zone, and all three officers are captured.

Bob and the other officers are taken to a warehouse Rick used as a base of operations. He expresses that he wants to resolve the issue of Beth Greene and Carol Peletier without violence, and offers to tell Rick about Dawn in order to smooth the future negotiations.

Bob later laments to Sasha Williams about seeing an undead Tyler, an old friend of his, at the evacuation point, and she offers to put him down for the officer. However, as she takes aim at the walker, Bob forcefully runs into her, knocking her unconscious, and flees the building.


Bob opens the episode fleeing for Grady Memorial Hospital, attempting to cut his bonds in the process. He is interrupted by a pursuing Rick, who tells him through the police car's speakers to stop. Ignoring the warning, he continues to run away before being run down by his own police car. After he gets hit by the car, the impact seemingly breaks his back and cripples him. As he is begging for his life, Rick says to him, "Can't go back, Bob," and that all he had to do was stop. When Bob begins to say that Rick's group will all die, Rick shoots him in the head. Rick then tells his corpse to shut up and leaves as walkers close in.

After Bob's death, Licari and Amanda Shepherd both agree to tell Dawn that Lamson fell victim to walkers rather than the truth which they ultimately do when the exchange happens. All three officers are upset by Lamson's death, stating that he was "one of the good ones," indicating that Lamson was one of the good cops at the hospital who hadn't been corrupted by their power and taken advantage of people.


Killed By

After tricking and knocking out Sasha, Bob attempts to flee back to the hospital. As he tries to cut his bonds, he is spotted by Rick who takes up his police car and chases him down. Refusing to listen to Rick and stop, he is run over, and possibly crippled, by Rick.

Bob begs for his life, but after being denied medical attention, promises that they will die when they attempt to trade with Dawn. Rick abruptly shoots him in the head and then tells his corpse to "shut up".

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Bob has killed:

  • Numerous counts of zombies and possibly unnamed people



Bob and Noah appear to have a friendly relationship. After Noah flees the hospital and is later found by Bob and Shepherd, they are required to take him back. Bob makes sure that Noah's wrists are not too uncomfortable when he uses a zip-tie to bind them. Later, Noah reveals to Rick that Bob was one of the "good ones" at the hospital which is supported by the other officers after his demise.

Rick Grimes

Despite Rick capturing Bob in order to go through with a trade for Beth and Carol, Bob and Rick seemed to respect each other due to both of them being cops before the outbreak. However, this respect was broken when Bob knocked Sasha out and escaped, prompting Rick to hit him with a car. Bob calls him crazy, and that he would die, before Rick shoots him in the head.

Sasha Williams

Sasha decides to help Bob locate and put down his undead friend Tyler, possibly due to Bob having the same name as Sasha's deceased boyfriend Bob Stookey, and her talk with Tyreese Williams about letting him help her heal. However, Bob could have been lying to Sasha about his friend, and ultimately knocks her out in order to escape.


TV Series

Season 5


Red Machete


  • Lamson's death is very similar to Caesar Martínez's death from the Comic Series. However, while Lamson was shot in the head by Rick, Martínez was choked to death.
  • Bob is one of six known paraplegics in The Walking Dead universe.
  • In a deleted scene for "Crossed", Amanda Shepherd expresses discontent with Dawn Lerner's leadership and she suggests that Lamson is the perfect person to take over in Dawn's stead. However, he is uninterested and their discussion is interrupted by the sound of a gunshot.

International Dubbers

Language Dubber Other Characters Voiced
Czech N/A N/A
French Marc Saez Caleb Subramanian
German Johannes Berenz N/A
Hungarian N/A N/A
Italian Marco Vivio N/A
Japanese N/A N/A
Spanish (Latin America) N/A N/A
Spanish (Spain) Eduardo Bosch Morales
Terminus Butcher
Paul Rovia